Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, November 01, 1878, Page 468, Image 13
1 1 i.i .... A. -Hi NO. 8. DEFENCE OP THE TIMES. 40 enta tho Restoration, we find Unit this evil had became worse. Tho writings of Congrcvc or Wychcrley, although they were men of muster minds, arc too low to be admitted to the fumily circle, or even tho stugc, at the present time; yot when written they enjoyed the greatest popularity. Thus tho fact, that writers of this class once enjoy ed the highest reputation, but now are almost unknown and unread, except by the student of English literature, proves, I think, a higher standard of morals and refinement. But it may be urged that the literature of tho present. is as bad as that I have alluded to. "While I am forced to admit that there is much in it that is bad and debasing, I think this low style is confined to second or third class writers, and is not found among our best authors as it was in former ages. George Eliott's, Thackeray's or Charles Dickens' works arc not filled with the coarseness or half-hidden allusions that disgrace tho pages of the great writers of two centuries ago. This elevation in our great writers can, I think, be accounted for only by allowing that tho popular taste has been elevated. Neither do we have to go to tho field of literature to find proofs that the world, on tho whole, in stead of retrograding, is gradually advan ing. Now, instead of settling every little of fence by tho sword, arbitration is often resorted to. War is begining to bo looked down upon; rather than being hold up as tho place whoro honor and renown maybe gained, or where men may do their noblest deeds. Neither is a strictly temperance man any longer a curiosity; nay, lie oven stands forth among the most honored. So I think, that while there is much left that Is bad in every department of life, there is much cause for rejoicing over tho ad vaucoment that has been made. Walt. KfimKtassffi :IM MMtammmmmmmmBtmuimMmmmmmmMuSimmmmmmMMMKMmMLiimHMmimmi . . ji - fcyu W I, r " .. t " 3 . . SX.L l -a. i"